Weekend Match Reports April 6th 2019
Killorglin U16s faced Killarney in the West Munster Cup semi-final last Saturday. Killarney were on a high following their Munster Development Cup final win the previous weekend while Killorglin were badly hit by illness and injury and only just able to muster the bare 15. The visitors raced into a 12 point lead within 5 minutes, capitalizing on some poor tackling, but the home side forced their way back into the game and had the better of the rest of the first half. Jack O’Brien got in for the first Killorglin try. Then Peadar Whelan crashed over in the corner for another after sustained possession and recycling from Killorglin, and James Byrne produced a great kick to convert. Killarney replied, and at half time the score stood at 12-19. In the second half Killorglin chased the game a bit too hard, made too many mistakes and the powerful and well organised visitors were only too happy to capitalize, leaving the final score a lopsided 12-40. Whatever the result there was a lot to admire in the home team’s performance, if not much consistency. With so many of our big ball carriers missing Mike Teahan, JP Courtney and Peadar Whelan really stepped up in the pack, and Ben O’Dwyer had a good game on his return from a lengthy injury-enforced absence. Ruari Dorrian always looked dangerous in possession and was a little unlucky not to get on the score sheet, while Joe Cronin-Langham lit things up with his running and stepping. James Byrne produced a captains display as he has done all year. Season over now for the U16s. We look forward the break and to seeing these players in action again come the autumn.
Final score Killorglin 12, Killarney 40. Try scorers: Jack O’Brien, Peadar Whelan. James Byrne 1 con.
Team: Joe Cronin Langham, Shane O’Connor, Ruari Dorrian, Donncha Crowley, Cathal Daly, James Byrne (c), Aona O’Shea, Mike Teahan, Peadar Whelan, Kevin O’Callaghan, JP Courtney, Dylan McDonough, Ben O’Dwyer, Jack O’Brien, James Prendiville.